Guest Article by Steve Butler – Associate Pastor/Administrator, Balboa Baptist Church
When I was in grade school, I remember reading a story about Robert Bruce, also called Robert the Bruce. Robert was king of Scotland from 1306-29. In those days, the English dominated the Scots and defeated them in one battle after another. The Scottish cause looked bleak and the leaders of the land, including Robert Bruce, had to go into hiding.
Legend has it that one day while hiding, Robert Bruce observed a spider trying to connect the strands of his web together. The spider would fail to connect the web time and time again, but the spider would not give up. Finally, as Robert looked on, the spider was able to join his web to two beams and spin his web to his heart’s desire.
Robert Bruce learned a valuable lesson that day. The spider persisted in trying to spin his web until he was successful. It dawned on Robert that only persistence and God’s grace could lead the Scots to ultimate victory and liberty. That is exactly what happened.
A few years ago, John Maxwell wrote an encouraging book entitled, Failing Forward. His point was that our failures can be steps to success when we learn from them.
Robert Bruce and John Maxwell have learned what Christ has already taught: “My grace is sufficient for you. For my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NKJV)
Failures can be overcome and can make us better Christians as well. So, don’t give up. Trust in the Lord, and remember the lesson of the spider.
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